What is Rising Damp and How to Treat it?

Are you suspicious of a damp problem in your home? If so there are several signs you need to look out for, which may point towards you having a rising damp issue. This blog will help give you a clearer understanding of what the key rising damp signs are. Moreover, this blog will help you to get an understanding of the causes of these signs in your property.

The proper diagnosis of your rising damp problem is crucially important to making sure that the problem is dealt with swiftly as possible.

With this in mind, in this blog we outline to you some of the various signs to look out for and how you can deal with it.

Signs to look out for:

Damp patches

If your property appears to have damp or wet patches on its walls there is a strong possibility this could be caused by rising damp. If the damp patches only appear on the lower wall area and the room is located on the ground floor of the property this could be rising damp. This can also be triggered by moisture from the ground of your property walls rising upwards through the brick or stonework by capillary action.

Salts in the plastering

Capillary action is what permits the moisture to move upwards throughout the masonry of the building. As the moisture rises from the ground up through the wall structure, this moisture contains salts from the ground and these salts migrate into the property and affect the plastering and decoration. These salts are known as Hygroscopic salts which indicate that they attract moisture from the atmosphere and can cause increased damp problems to your wall. This can result in walls feeling moist when touched.

Peeling of wall

Another key sign of rising damp is peeling wallpaper or paintwork. As a result of continuous damp issues, the levels of moisture within your walls may well increase as a result. Increased moisture can make the wallpaper or paint to peel away from the surface. This can be most noticeable around the skirting board or in the lower part of the wall.

In this situation, wallpaper tends to come loose just above the skirting board first with the edges of the wallpaper curving away from the wall. However, peeling wallpaper or paint can also potentially indicate condensation or penetrating damp issue within the property and therefore an accurate diagnosis is important to make sure that the appropriate repair to solve the problem is actioned.

Treatment for rising damp

Before undertaking any treatment, our specialist damp surveyor will carry a damp survey of the affected area. This permits them to diagnose exactly what type of damp problem your property is experiencing and will then specify the appropriate treatment to solve the damp issue.The type of rising damp remedial work is reliant on the property type and conditions. This may entail stripping wall fabric, repairing the existing DPC or installing a new DPC.

Here at Archer Specialist Treatments, we understand that rising damp can be a real issue for homeowners, that is why we offer a full range of damp treatments suited to your specific needs. Speak to Archer Specialist Treatments about your rising damp problems and we can provide you with a detailed quote. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out further information about the services we offer.